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  • Mass Market Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Archway; Reissue 1994 edition (1 Aug. 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671707140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671707149
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 545,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A. Rogers on 13 Jan. 2004
Format: Hardcover
The story starts in Camden Town, London at the end of World War One. It is Christmas & an old mysterious man knocks the door of the Allen family, the recently widowed Mrs Allen,and her children Jamie, Lucy & baby Benjamin. The old man claims to be a solicitor & offers Mrs Allen a job as a caretaker of an old run down country house. Due to their impoverished situation Mrs Allen accepts the old man's offer. Mrs Allen & the children move into a caretaker's cottage in the grounds of the old house. They soon discover that the old man is not what he seems & that he sought them out to help him. Soon, it becomes apparent to Jamie & Lucy that they are there to help two children from the past to put right a terrible wrong. However, in order to do this they have to travel back through time exactly 100 years.....
This is a wonderful & magical children's book, more appropriate to the over 10's. I first read it in 1972 & have loved & treasured my copy ever since (sorry, it is not for sale as it is of great sentimental value). I would urge any child (or adult) to read it. The story takes us from 1918 back in time to 1818, with many adventures on the way & a lovely "twist" ending.
This is a brilliant book, I've had my copy 31 years! It will enthral you. Truly enchanting.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By malcolm.prince@ukonline.co.uk on 29 Dec. 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was the basis of the Lionel Jeffries' film, "The Amazing Mr Blunden", which is often shown at Christmas time on UK TV.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By fergieness on 4 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought the book as an adult hoping that I wouldn't be dissapointed and I wasn't.

Having seen the film numerous times, reading the book is like viewing the film in slow motion and just adds to the magic!.
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Came really fast - From the US via Paris which seemed a bit strange, but its lovely to read something I grew up reading and loved as a child.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Ghosts also known as The Amazing Mr Blunden 13 Jan. 2004
By A. Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The story starts in Camden Town, London at the end of World War One. It is Christmas & an old mysterious man knocks the door of the Allen family, the recently widowed Mrs Allen,and her children Jamie, Lucy & baby Benjamin. The old man claims to be a solicitor & offers Mrs Allen a job as a caretaker of an old run down country house. Due to their impoverished situation Mrs Allen accepts the old man's offer. Mrs Allen & the children move into a caretaker's cottage in the grounds of the old house. They soon discover that the old man is not what he seems & that he sought them out to help him. Soon, it becomes apparent to Jamie & Lucy that they are there to help two children from the past to put right a terrible wrong. However, in order to do this they have to travel back through time exactly 100 years.....
This is a wonderful & magical children's book, more appropriate to the over 10's. I first read it in 1972 & have loved & treasured my copy ever since (sorry, it is not for sale as it is of great sentimental value). I would urge any child (or adult) to read it. The story takes us from 1918 back in time to 1818, with many adventures on the way & a lovely "twist" ending.
This is a brilliant book, I've had my copy 31 years! It will enthral you. Truly enchanting.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Gripping suspense, but not too scary. 28 April 2005
By R. Christenson / Lunamation - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A haunted house story with a unique twist - the ghosts are the spirits of Victorian children when they were still alive, spirits transported from the past by a magic potion, not the usual spirits of the dead. Young Lucy and her brother Jamie, in the present, are recruited by the "ghosts" to use the same potion to send their own spirits back into the past to help save the Victorian children, Sara and Georgie, from a tragic fate.

The story may be frightening to younger readers - I wouldn't know, I didn't read it until I was over 40. However, as an adult I found the story a suspenseful and interesting page-turner.

Logic flaws pointed out in other reviews are legitimate criticism, but not enough to spoil the spirited, heroic adventure story. You could make more serious criticism of the logic flaws in any fantasy like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings(there's no such thing as magic, ghosts, etc. If you're interested in a logically consistent time travel plot, check out Robert A. Heinlein's "The Door Into Summer.") Personally I prefer Sci-Fi to Fantasy, but found "The Ghosts" engrossing, not spoiled by a couple little flaws.

Additionally, themes of commitment, responsibility, trust, and perseverance are emphasized, something young readers today don't seem to get enough of.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A truly "haunting" tale 14 Jan. 2006
By B. FILBERT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book truly did start to "haunt" me within the past year or two. I read it as a twelve-year-old, and as my elder son began to approach that age and seemed to appreciate time-travel fantasy (Susan Cooper and Madeleine L'Engle in particular), vivid details from "The Ghosts" kept popping into my head. I was sure my son would like it, but every time I tried to find a copy, searches for "The Ghosts" (as I thought it was called, though 30 years can tend to dull the memory) didn't turn up anything like the details I recalled. Finally a week ago, I found it on-line and ordered it immediately! It arrived yesterday and I've been able to quickly reread it. What a treat, especially to verify some of those details that managed to get embedded in my brain -- and conversely to find that details I'd long forgotten tended to play themselves out in my life. Following graduation from college, I moved to an area of London not too far from Highgate Hill and Camden Town, mentioned in the book, where I met an American who is now a vicar (Anglican priest). When I read the book as a twelve-year old, I'm sure that word, "vicar," was one of the most baffling in the book -- so it's just a little ironic that I married one!

Some of the inconsistencies mentioned by another reviewer are, I think, caused by the fact that the movie based on the book (The Amazing Mr. Bluden) recast the time period from the 1960s/1860s back to 1918/1818. If you expect that the "modern" children live in 1918, then of course references to television, etc. are bound to cause confusion. As to other criticism about illogical details: the whole point of time travel novels is that things WILL change by traveling through time. If you can't suspend disbelief at all, then stick with non-fiction!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I loved this book 27 Dec. 2004
By A. Shock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was 12 when I first picked up a tattered paperback version of this book. I read it straight through in one sitting. It was incredible! Who would have known that a single trip to the Holland Book Mobile would have been so powerful!

The images still linger with me...15 years later. It was the inspiration for many short stories and constantly creeps into my newer writings.

It's on my children's reading list for as soon as they are able to read and enjoy it.

If only I could get my hands on the movie, my life would be perfect. :)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful read, well-remembered 12 Sept. 1999
By Angelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book years ago, when I was in grade school, and it's stayed with me all this time. I can't wait to buy another copy -- I lost the one I had so long ago -- just to curl up and renew my acquaintance with these wonderful characters. I highly recommend this book for any young reader with an active imagination.
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